Pembrokeshire College recently led on a local marine tourism initiative to raise the profile of careers within the sector to young people. The College, in partnership with Stena Line’s Fishguard’s Friendly Faces devised a three-day initiative to shape a group of Year 8 pupils from Ysgol Bro Gwaun to become marine tourism cadets.
Firstly, the learners undertook important port-side training with Harbour Manager Carl Milne; learners were introduced to safety management to ensure safety measures were in place for harbour staff and passengers alighting from cruise ships. After successfully completing their Stena training they embarked on customer service training with Gareth Mills at Pembrokeshire College. Gareth taught and tested their hospitality skills and perfected their ability to engage with passengers about historic landmarks in Fishguard, such as the Last Invasion Tapestry and St Mary’s Church.
The Stena’s Fishguard’s Friendly Faces cadets finally put their knowledge and skills to the test by meeting and greeting passengers from the Corinthian cruise liner. The group were invited on-board to take a glimpse of the many career roles that are vital in creating a memorable cruising experience.
Head of Year 8, Emma Bowen commented, “This has been an incredible opportunity for our learners, as cadets, they thrived on this experience and were great ambassadors for both the school and Stena.”
This initiative was funded by Welsh Government and supported by the Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone.